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News: Historic $10 Million Gift Supports Wharton Esherick’s Legacy

The Wharton Esherick Museum (WEM) is delighted to announce the receipt of a $10 million endowment gift from the Windgate Foundation. Returns from the investment of the gift are projected to provide income that will support the Museum’s annual operating budget at a time when cultural organizations of every size are grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing”  –Wharton Esherick

The Wharton Esherick Museum celebrates and preserves the legacy of American artist Wharton Esherick, who worked primarily in wood to create furniture, furnishings, utensils, interiors, buildings and more.

A National Historic Landmark for Architecture, his hilltop studio/residence, with more than 300 of his works on exhibition, has been preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there.

We invite you to visit the Museum through a guided experience for which reservations are required.

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“A complete expression of one man’s intensely personal fusion of fine craftsmanship with the wild flights of the imagination.”

Anne d'Harnoncourt, former director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

“Fun, neat, creative, colorful, comfortable, smooth, flowing, exciting, cool, twisty, wavy, and extraordinary.”

Second graders describe their visit to the Wharton Esherick Museum
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Roberta Massuch: Artist-in-Residence

Roberta Massuch: Artist-in-Residence features new site-specific works by the Philadelphia-based artist that reflect her sensitive and slow observation of Esherick’s idiosyncratic home and studio over the course of many months. 

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a yellow ceramic square with open spaces lets the light through from underneath a staircase

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28th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition

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